2017 Speaker - Marcus Lattimore
Marcus Lattimore, a native of Duncan, South Carolina, graduated from Byrnes High School in May 2010.
In high school, Lattimore earned USA Today’s high school All-American honors and was named South Carolina’s “Mr. Football” his senior year. He also played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and earned several other accolades throughout his high school career. Marcus Lattimore remains one of the most decorated players in South Carolina high school football history.
After graduating from Byrnes High School, Marcus signed with the University of South Carolina to play football for Coach Steve Spurrier. Marcus was a three year letterman for the Gamecocks and led the team to their first Southeastern Conference championship game in 2010 as the starting running back.
As a gamecock, Marcus set the South Carolina all-time record with 41 career
touchdowns scored. Marcus competed at USC for three seasons and
decided to forego his senior year.
On April 27, 2013 Marcus was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the
fourth round (131st overall) of the NFL draft. After two seasons, Marcus
retired from the 49ers and returned to South Carolina where he now has earned his degree in Public Health and is continuing on to get his Masters in Political Science. In the Spring of 2016 Marcus assumed the position of BTeam Head Coach at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, where he led his team to their first wins in three years and the first Championship in school history. This past fall he was promoted to Head Coach of the Varsity team as well as overseeing all levels throughout the football program. Marcus isvery active with his numerous philanthropic events and his own business,
The Xtra-Inch LLC, where he operates sports camps and trains athletes throughout the state of South Carolina. His main focus of philanthropic service is growing the image of The Marcus Lattimore Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to provide assistance to high school athletes who may not have sufficient insurance to obtain quality rehabilitation from sports-related injuries.
The Marcus Lattimore Foundation/DREAMS is committed to youth development programs and initiatives which emphasize Christian values, character, life-skills development, education, recreation, and health and wellness. The foundation builds community partnerships with other non-profit organizations and schools to encourage and aid our youth toward exemplifying upstanding citizen role models and dynamic leaders of tomorrow through teaching Christian virtues of chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility. This foundation exists to help youth leagues, parents, and high school and college student athletes. Marcus and his Wife Miranda reside in Columbia, South
Carolina accompanied by their beloved Poodle Mocha.